Weight Loss Support - Do you measure when you overindulge extremely?

06-14-2011, 12:23 AM
I had what I like to call a "buffet for one" last night. I am opposed to the overuse of the word "binge", so this is my rebellion against that. When I had finally eaten my fill, and MAN does it take a lot to fill me, my main thought was "I counted every bite. Who does that?" It struck me as weird that in the throes of this food fiesta, I was counting out 15 cashews, and then 20 popchips, and then 16 what thins, and then another 15 cashews, etc. Weird.

Arctic Mama
06-14-2011, 12:27 AM
Oh, I've done it. It's not a binge, but it is conscious overeating. I do still try to log it, so I am accountable when the scale comes up over the next few days.

06-14-2011, 12:42 AM
i count every calorie

and sob all the while

06-14-2011, 12:48 AM
Oooooh...the dreaded CASHEW!:eek: I have cashew issues...when I eat them, my "turn-off" switch gets broke!:lol:

Yup...conscious overeating...we all need that every now and again. It's ok...new day...new eats!:D

06-14-2011, 01:35 AM
Yep, I generally still count every calorie... though my overindulgences usually happen at restaurants or friends' houses, so it's often a guesstimate. But I still take responsibility for it and log it!

06-14-2011, 01:41 AM
I do that too! And I view it as progress. Gone are the days when I mindlessly shovel food into my mouth. I am conscious of every morsel and, therefore, the consequences. That doesn't always stop me from eating a "buffet for one" (love that!), but logging it all makes me feel like I still have some control and I think that's important for getting right back on plan the next morning.

06-14-2011, 01:43 AM
I suppose it's at least good to know that monitoring your intake has become a habit!

06-14-2011, 02:47 AM
You could call it portion control but I don't know if that would work for you. :)

06-14-2011, 02:54 AM
I think it's better to know exactly how much you're eating, good or bad. Before dieting, I started with just logging my food, without altering my habits. Seeing it in black and white (or rough estimates, which I overshot a little) kinda woke me up.

and lol @gagalu

06-14-2011, 09:07 AM
I think I was counting because each time I grabbed for something else, it was going to be the last thing. I was going to be "done after this." I felt ridiculous logging "14 thin mints 560 calories." See.....I went over the day's maintenance calories by about 700 calories, nothing to freak out over in the grand scheme, and I really did not beat myself up and the next day I ate well, and that is what is important. BUT I passed up a ribeye steak, (my favorite), a margarita, and dinner out this weekend. Those things are worth indulging every so often. Non-stop eating of just normal everyday foods that I can have anytime, just not ALL AT ONCE, are just not worth it. I'd rather have that ribeye and margarita.

06-14-2011, 09:11 AM
Oooooh...the dreaded CASHEW!:eek: I have cashew issues...when I eat them, my "turn-off" switch gets broke!:lol:

Yup...conscious overeating...we all need that every now and again. It's ok...new day...new eats!:D

I had a coupon for a free bag of Plantar's Deluxe Jumbo Cashews. I swear before I even bought them, I thought about the Joyfulloser thread! LOL I was thinking don't do it, free food is not FREE. But I bought them. Before I opened them I was like once you open them, you know it's all over for those nuts! LOL I can handle almonds, trail mix, but cashews.....like a gateway drug LOL I should put the rest in the kitchen for the kids.

06-14-2011, 09:44 AM
I count everything, good bad or otherwise. I actually found that I overate less because I wrote it all down. :-P

06-14-2011, 10:34 AM
I track it all, but I can't say I actually count, as in precisely quantify. Even my regular food is estimated. I know lots of people think this is a big no-no, but it's working OK for me. I might not be getting a precise number of calories eaten, but then, I don't know precisely how many calories I burn in a day either.

06-14-2011, 11:47 AM
I track everything. Even on those days where I'm hungry and want more. If I'm eating something I need to track it.

It's working its way into being a solid habit. Not that I feel great about overeating, but at least I can say I've been 100% honest about what my intake has been instead of sweeping it under the rug and saying it was "a lot". Sometimes it wasn't as much as I thought... and sometimes I need to see that it was indeed a whole lot of food.

06-14-2011, 07:30 PM
I track everything! Even that time I made a mistake and ordered that 1500 calorie burger from Friday's! (Not counting the fries). It's painful to see, but I think it's still helpful.

06-14-2011, 10:16 PM
I do track it, but it's usually the "morning after" when I wake up and decide to be accountable. In the past I've let moments like that derail me (by not tracking it and then stopping tracking altogether), so for me it's that painful step that reminds me that I messed up, but I'm still pushing forward.